TechTarget News - Week of Apr 03, 2011

iPad management: Securing iPads in a regulated world

When the sales department started using iPads, the IT security manager was tasked with locking them down. Learn how one infosec pro took charge of iPad security.

HP: All about APC 2011

Check out all the news and blogs from the Hewlett-Packard Americas Partner Conference 2011, including the first up-close-and-personal peek at new CEO Leo Apotheker.

RSA discloses phishing-attack data breach details

RSA, the security division of EMC, has revealed the firm's data breach in mid March was the result of a spear phishing attack. The spear phishing attack exploited an Adobe Flash vulnerability that was unpatched at the time.

Councils should share services to improve websites, says Socitm

Councils seeking to improve their websites should move to shared services to update their websites with other public providers, according to a report from the body for public sector IT professionals.

Cloud contracts stalled by existing support/maintenance

A survey of 200 IT directors within large enterprise organisations has found that IT directors are worried about the potential management headaches of cloud computing.

Daisy makes two new data, managed services buys

Daisy Group has forked out £15.4m to acquire the trading assets of Telinet Ltd and certain parts of Ipitomi Ltd from parent company Niu Solutions Holding Ltd. The two acquired resellers specialise in mid-market data and comms solutions and managed services, and bring new capabilities around th

Review: Sony ereader PRS350

When I heard of ebooks I angrily shouted "That'll never catch on" at an un-caring world. But in this nostalgic frame, lives a gadget freak, who had to investigate, writes Linda Endersby. Being a staunch supporter of bookstores, the online trader's Kindle was out. So, it was the seductive

Epsilon data breach could be largest in US history

The week has started with a fresh data leak highlighting the ongoing danger of failing to protect information from hacking attacks. Last month saw several high profile leaks including Play.com, Trip Advisor and the attack on RSA and now various US firms including Citigroup have had customer informa

EMEA tablet shipments to triple in 2011, says IDC

Media tablet shipments in EMEA are forecast to more than treblethis yearas competition between the major hardware vendor and different operating systems heats up, says IDC. Around 6 million units were sold last year with Apple's iPad accounting for the lion's share, but thisyearthe market is project

Large government IT projects subject to new controls

Big government projects will be subject to tough controls under the Major Projects Authority (MPA), Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude says.

RSA discloses phishing-attack data breach details

RSA, the security division of EMC, has revealed the firm's data breach in mid March was the result of a spear phishing attack. The spear phishing attack exploited an Adobe Flash vulnerability that was unpatched at the time, writes Warwick Ashford. RSA quickly reported it had suffered a breach of in

UC buyers shy away from single vendor installations

Companies buying into the unified communications market are overwhelmingly picking a multi-vendor best-of-breed approach to their networks, according to research carried outby Mitel to mark the launch of its new 'Freedom' architecture. The survey, which quizzed a worldwide sample of IT professionals

The Internet Group talks up mid-market ambitions

The former managing director of BT Lynx has put his weight behind moves made by the Internet Group to carve out a slice of the mid-market. Paul Edgeley has joined the board as an executive director and purchased shares in the firm in the belief that it can exploit some of the groundwork it has take

Google drops $900m on Nortel patent bid

Google has forked out $900m (£557.6m)in a stalking horse bid to acquire the patent portfolio of defunct networking vendor Nortel. The portfolio of around 6,000 patents spans virtually every aspect of the comms and networking market, including wireless, 4G, data networks, optical, voice, intern

Microsoft-hosted ERP on tap at Convergence

A new Microsoft-hosted ERP offering will join on-premises and partner-hosted deployment options. Partners say the news will come at next week’s Convergence conference.

VMware Mozy acquisition sets heads scratching

Why would VMware acquire an online backup service from its parent company EMC that’s not good at backing up virtual machines? Observers suspect it has something to do with cloud.

SAP announces new Rapid Deployment applications

SAP is rolling out 15 new Rapid Deployment applications as a follow-up to the original software for CRM, supply chain and manufacturing unveiled last fall.

Survey Results: No longer an emerging trend, DevOps is here to stay

Replay Solutions and HP recently collaborated on a study surveying more than 1,000 professionals about the use of the DevOps model in their organizations. This story highlights some of the key findings of the survey, including the relationship between DevOps and Agile development, software tools for DevOps and the overall benefits of this structure, which is no longer an emerging trend, but rather a model that organizations across the board are rapidly adopting.

Seagate says MLC flash now reliable enough for enterprise use

Seagate has released a new range of multi-level cell (MLC) solid state disk drives and says the technology is now sufficiently robust for use in the enterprise. The company has also dropped the Barracuda brand from its enterprise offerings and added a 3TB model to its Constellation range.

Immigration cap will not stem flow of IT workers to UK on ICT visas

The immigration cap, which comes into force on 6 April 2011, will have little effect on the number of economic migrants entering the UK because businesses can continue to use the uncapped Intra Company Transfer (ICT) scheme to access skills, according to Migration Watch.

Broadband boycott threat comes as no surprise

It can hardly have surprised communications minister Ed Vaizey (pictured) and BT CEO Ian Livingston that would-be competitors to BT would find the terms, conditions – and prices – of access to BT's poles, ducts and other infrastructure unacceptable.

Avaya recruits IT skills for Galway R&D centre

Enterprise communications systems supplier Avaya has opened a global research and development centre in Galway, Ireland where customers can start to develop next generation comms-based applications, such as call centre management, and test upcoming products and services.

Symantec identifies massive growth in web threats

Increases in targeted attacks, social network based scams and more risks around mobile platforms feature heavily on the latest review of the security landscape. According to the latest state of the market, Internet Security Threat Report, from Symantec there were 286 million fresh threats last year

Gartner urges firms to start tablet adoption

Now is the time that tablets should be introduced to firms if they want to get one step ahead of the competition. Amalyst powerhouse Gartner has issued a call for CIOs to start experimenting now with tablets to see how they can use them in their business in order to get a competitive edge over riva

Micro-P hires ex-Nimans man for telecoms push

Micro Peripherals has named Phil Adams, former Nimans sales director, to the post of head of communications, a newly-created role that forms part of the distributor's convergence strategy. Adams, who spent six years at Nimans, brings over 35 years of industry experience to the role and will be taske

BT defends pole and duct pricing as industry criticism spreads

BT has defended itself against criticism of its proposed pricing for access to its poles and ducts, despite further industry support for the concerns raised by a number of its rivals this week.

Clearswift moves to single tier channel model

Clearswift has handed Arrow notice it is going to a single tier model in the UK and Ireland after informing its reseller base of the decision this morning. The decision sees it part from Arrow, which is working through a 60 day transition period, and will result in resellers having a lot more direc

US investigates privacy in smartphone apps

US Federal authorities have begun an investigation into how smartphone applications use personal data, according to US reports.

Ingram Micro adds VMware, HP Networking support

Ingram Micro has injected pre and post-sales support modules on HP Networking and VMware virtualisation to its portfolio of professional services. The move will see the distributor add conuslting, project management, audit, on-site engineering, traning and post installation support services on those

Banks lukewarm over MPs proposals for transferrable account number

MPs are proposing allowing personal bank account holders to take their account numbers with them in the same way mobile phone owners can keep their number when switching providers, but bank bosses have dismissed the scheme as too costly.

Microsoft highlights benefits of secure software

Microsoft believes the software industry can do a lot better to improve the security of applications, writes Warwick Ashford. Most of the thousands of high severity vulnerability disclosures in applications each year are relatively easy to exploit, according to Microsoft's latest Security Developmen

ScanSource adds ShoreTel installation support

ScanSource is to offer ShoreTel installation and maintenance services across the UC vendor's portfolio as an addition to its Professional Services programme in the UK. Thedistributor already provides a similarservices propositionon its Avaya products, and said that the addition of design consultatio

IBM to battle Amazon in the public cloud

Big Blue takes aim at Amazon Web Services with the Smart Business Cloud - Enterprise, a true general purpose Infrastructure as a Service. And it's priced to compete.

Finding the ROI in contact center self-service initiatives

Beyond just helping to find cost savings, companies can use contact center metrics to determine ROI from their self-service initiatives. See which two metrics are most important.

VMware vSphere 5 details leaked

Details of VMware's forthcoming vSphere release have leaked. These VMware vSphere 5 details include information about new storage, networking and availability features.

Office 365 will change your job, not kill it

Rather than dread the emergence of cloud computing, such as Microsoft’s still-in-beta Office 365, IT managers should learn new skills to complement these services.

Mobile WAN optimization arrives for enterprise Android tablets

Despite the scarcity of mobile WAN optimization clients for tablets and smartphones, WAN managers must still ensure reliable, high-performance connectivity for users.

Startup devises distributed SAN built on DAS for fast clouds

An Australian cloud computing startup, OrionVM, has designed its own cloud storage systems that it says are a fraction of the cost of arrays, yet perform faster and make cloud computing a better proposition for large-scale web applications.

Cisco boss plans company shake-up

Cisco Systems' chief executive of 16 years, John Chambers, has announced plans for a company shake-up in the face declining investor confidence.

M&S customers warned of spam after Epsilon data breach

Millions of people could be targeted by spam and phishing e-mails in the wake of the data breach at US marketing firm Epsilon, including customers of Marks & Spencer.

Facebook trials real-time ads

Facebook is trialling real-time advertising based on the content of users' status updates and posts.

Apple dodges $625m patent infringement damages award

A US District Court judge in Texas has thrown out what would have been a record $625.5m damages award against Apple in a patent infringement case involving a document management and display system.

EMC UK boss McDonald promoted in strategic shake-up

EMC UK boss Adrian McDonald has moved into a new role overseeing the northern territory of EMEA while Christian Hiller, head of EMC France has taken responsibility for the south. As part of the strategic shake-up, both individuals will report to EMC executive VP for EMEA and the Americas Bill Scann

Chambers: Cisco has 'disappointed' the market

In a brutally frank memo to the Cisco workforce, CEO John Chambers has said the company has "disappointed our investors" and "confused our employees". The networking market-maker has posted sub-par numbers for the past two quarters, and last November Chamberstook the unprecedente

BT accused of obfuscation over infrastructure prices

BT has been accused of clouding the issues in its reaction to an ISPs' letter to communications minister Ed Vaizey threatening to boycott pilot rural broadband projects over BT's prices for third-party access to its physical infrastructure.

EC to set RFID tag guidelines to address privacy concerns

An agreement between the EC and the ENISA commits to creating guidelines for the use of RFID (radio frequency identification device) tags after concerns about the privacy of user data.

Ritz-Carlton Hotels hit by Epsilon security breach

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is the latest high profile victim of a data security breach following the attack from hackers on its marketing partner Epsilon that manages customers' emails on behalf of the chain. Various firms in the US including Citigroup have already had customers' data leaked fo

Customers continue to drive security consolidation

Security resellers are continuing to get calls from customers to help consolidate products as users look for simplicity. The trend towards making things simpler was identified last year by those in the security channel but it shows no sign of slowing up, particularly at the enterprise level. Some

IT industry salaries rising as applicant numbers fall

A shift towards a candidate-driven IT jobs market has driven industry salaries up by 5% over the past 12 months, according to sector recruitment specialists CV Screen. A 25% year-on-year increase in vacancies between Q1 2010 and Q1 2011 was not matched by a corresponding increase in applications, pu

VMware hires Gov G Cloud man to set public sector strategy

VMware has hired the government's G Cloud Deputy Director Andy Tait as head of UK public services strategy. At the Cabinet Office, Tait worked under former Government CIO John Suffolk developing the Apps Store, G Cloud programme and driving data centre consolidation. "IT should be at the forefr

With business case in place, ECM project management takes center stage

Get advice on project management dos and don’ts for deploying an enterprise content management system that can deliver on the promises of an approved ECM business case.

Dell proposes vStart for fast VMware build outs

Think of Dell vStart as a much smaller version of VCE's Vblock. These pre-configured bundles come complete with servers, storage, networking and virtualization software.

Dell vStart bundle draws VAR interest

Combo platter of Dell server, EqualLogic storage and VMware could best Vblock in the midmarket.

How Mozy fits into VMware's VDI and cloud strategy

VMware's acquisition of the Mozy cloud-based desktop backup platform makes little sense for its server business but perfect sense for its desktop and cloud strategies.

Desktop video conferencing brings users to content, not vice versa

Video conferencing rooms were too rigid for one university to connect with scientists in Panama. Desktop video conferencing over Wi-Fi offered flexibility and independence.

Dell set to unveil cloud plans

Dell is due to make a global announcement later today, where it is expected to unveil its plans for cloud computing.

Google reaffirms commitment to open source on Android

Google's head of mobile software, Andy Rubin, reaffirmed the company's commitment to keeping Android an open-source project amid criticism that it is 'locking...

Android OS set to overtake Apple by next year

Google's Android will command nearly half of the worldwide smartphone operating system Market by 2012, according to research.

M&S latest to reveal it's a victim of Epsilon data breach

Marks and Spencer has become the latest high profile name to be embroiled in the Epsilon data breach. The high street retailer has had to inform customers that their details might have been compromised and as a result they might be victims of more spam and web scams. The ripples from the hack into

IT insolvencies tumble in February 2011

The IT sectorshowed moresolid evidence of the recovery during February, with sector insolvencies down 48% year-on-year, according to the latest Experian Insolvency Index. Just 39 businesses went to the wall in the second month of the year, down from 76 in February 2010, said Experian. This represent

NHS shared service gets 10 contract renewals

Ten NHS trusts in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have renewed their contracts with the NHS Shared Business Service (SBS) in a deal worth over £13m.

Netgear signs ex-Juniper channel boss in midmarket push

Former Juniper partner boss Jonathan Hallatt has joined Netgear as VAR sales director with a brief to increase its exposure to larger-scale installations and a view to challenging some of its larger rivals. The vendor, traditionally cast in the role of a consumer and SOHO network provider,has bet bi

Private sector might be home for government staff with IT skills

IT staff working in the public sector should have an easier time finding jobs in the private sector according to those in the recruitment industry. Despite the rising unemployment figures and some of the highest graduate unemployment for years there are signs that if you have the rights skills thin

After breach at RSA, two-factor authentication options abound

Companies specialising in two-factor authentication hope to boost business following the breach of RSA's SecurID, and many plan to capitalise with new products at Infosecurity Europe.

In SAP Workflow, experts say simple works best

Companies are best served by beginning with “out-of-the-box” financial workflows and avoiding changes to code whenever possible.

IBM announces private cloud service

IBM has introduced a private cloud service to give businesses computing on demand, but it has disclosed no plans for a UK service.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 April 2011

Google drops $900m on Nortel patent bid Google has forked out $900m (£557.6m)in a stalking horse bid to acquire the patent portfolio of defunct networking vendor Nortel. Google said it hoped acquiring the IP would ward off patent litigation and also boost development of projects such as mobile

Tech M&A activity continues to accelerate

The recovery in the M&A tech markets continues to accelerate with the number of deals up by 20% month-on-month in March. The latest survey of the market from Regent Partners has indicated that both trade deals and private equity transactions are up with 260 acquisitions across Europe last month

MPs rap BBC over £56m system rescue

The BBC is rescuing its troubled Digital Media Initiative, but it will cost an extra £56m, a government watchdog has found.

ICM and Servo merger costs parent Phoenix

Phoenix IT Group has confirmed the merger of its ICM Business Continuity and Servo operating units will cost the best part of £3.5m in restructuring charges. The AIM-listed IT services group has completed the process, first mooted last year, bringing together the management structures, techni

CIOs need IT governance rethink

CIOs will need to rethink their IT governance policies as employees turn to social media tools to collaborate at work, according to research from analyst group Gartner.

Proact IT Group acquires majority stake in B2Net for £12m

Swedish reseller Proact IT Group AB has bought its way into the UK market after forking out £12m for a 75% stake in services-based storage reseller B2Net. This is the third acquisition by Proact following deals to buy Czech-based Storyflex late last year and more recently Dutch firm Databaseme